DEMAND TO BE DRY!
Currently, there are no national quality standards for adult disposable absorbent products. Without national standards, caregivers and providers of adult absorbent products are forced to make incontinence product purchasing decisions with limited knowledge or understanding of product efficacy. This issue is clearly demonstrated when Medicaid Waver purchasing decisions are based solely on price, resulting in the use of inferior products. There are significant negative consequences to utilizing inferior products to manage incontinence, including:
- Higher total product costs (inferior products require more frequent changes)
- Increased medical expenses from skin damage, irritation, and infection
- Negative overall impact on the quality of life of user
In 2010, when several United States Department of Health & Human Service officials were charged by their respective states with finding a solution to the spiraling cost and confusion surrounding incontinence supplies, they came to the NAFC for help. That collaboration resulted in the development of a council of experts, the Council for Quality Absorbent Products (CQAP), with the objective of establishing national, independent quality performance standards for disposable adult absorbent products. The NAFC “Quality Performance Standards for Disposable Adult Absorbent Products” initiative represents an important first step toward increasing public awareness, improving quality care, and reducing costs related to disposable absorbent products.
For a historical overview of NAFC’s Standards initiative, please review the published journal article as well as original suggested test methods. Please note that the test methodologies related to NAFC’s Performance Standards for Disposable Absorbent Products for Incontinence have since been defined, documented and published by INDA and appear in The Harmonized Test Methods of the Nonwovens and Related Industries, 2012 Edition, published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and EDANA, International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries and The Harmonized Test Methods of the Nonwovens and Related Industries, 2015 Edition, published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and EDANA, International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries. Click here for a list of current INDA test methods as related to NAFC’s Performance Standards for Disposable Absorbent Products for Incontinence.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Pledge your support. Help to ensure that Medicaid recipients who rely on incontinence goods receive quality products that are appropriate for their specific condition! Please sign the NAFC’s petition, urging your state to adopt and implement NAFC’s "Quality Performance Standards for Disposable Adult Absorbent Products".
To find your state's pledge of support, click here.
Make a donation. NAFC and the Council for Quality Absorbent Products are fighting to ensure that national quality standards are in place for adult disposable absorbent products. Please donate now to help us ensure that every state adopts these national standards.